The All Ear Trio: Boiler


Sign in to view read count
The All Ear Trio: Boiler Although born in Denmark, the peripatetic John Tchicai has been a true citizen of the world in his forty-plus years of performing. He has resided in various parts of the globe and been a willing collaborator with everyone from West African drum ensembles to electronic mavens Spring Heel Jack. But periodically, he seems to go back to his native Denmark, renewing collaborations with old friends as well as playing with musicians several generations removed from his own. Drummer Peter Ole Jorgensen's relationship with Tchicai goes back to the late 1980s when Tchicai recorded an album with Jorgensen's band Clinch and saxophonist Thomas Agergaard recorded with Tchicai on the latter's 1999 album Moonstone Journey; these three formed The All Ear Trio. But added to the mix and making it a quartet is an old cohort of Tchicai's, American bassist Sirone, who now resides in Germany.

The program on Boiler is a mix of free improvs, originals by the group's members and a standard ("Alice In Wonderland ). It's a nicely varied group of pieces. Surprisingly, "Back Yard Trouble," which sounds like it could be an Ornette Coleman piece, is given a full-group accreditation indicating it's an improvisation. Tchicai's piece "Erik Momento is scored for a frontline instrumentation of flute (Agergaard) and bass clarinet. It's nice to hear Tchicai playing alto again, an instrument he all but abandoned around the early 1980s for the tenor. He and Agergaard mix well together and are easily distinguished from each other. Tchicai is known for a patented tart but lyrical sound; initial reaction might characterize it as fragile but deeper listening reveals its strength: tensile and flexible lines carved with assured strokes. It contrasts nicely with Agergaard's burly, fuller sound. Jorgensen is one of Denmark's finest drummers, as comfortable in his Wild Mans Band with Peter Brötzmann as he is with the more composed elements of a group like this. He and Sirone work well together, providing a solid yet flexible base for the frontline.

Boiler is a terrific record, successfully straddling the line between free improvisation and composition without selling either one short. And it contains some of the finest music recently made by a four-man trio.

Track Listing: Jasmine Morning; Alice In Wonderland; Rare Light Over Charm; Back Yard Trouble; La Musique; Conversation With Miss Cutie; Erik Momento; Crawling Spirit; All Things From The Garden; Snake Traffic; Chung's Palace; The April Gangster.

Personnel: John Tchicai: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, voice; Thomas Agergaard: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute; Peter Ole Jorgensen: drums, ballophone, percussion; Sirone: bass.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Ninth World Music | Style: Modern Jazz


More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Forty" CD/LP/Track Review Forty
by James Nadal
Published: May 15, 2016
Read "Bathysphere" CD/LP/Track Review Bathysphere
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 18, 2016
Read "Candy Prince" CD/LP/Track Review Candy Prince
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 25, 2016
Read "Jersey" CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: July 9, 2016
Read "Special Kay!" CD/LP/Track Review Special Kay!
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 18, 2016
Read "Miguel Angelo Quarteto: A Vida de X" CD/LP/Track Review Miguel Angelo Quarteto: A Vida de X
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 10, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!